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Food Protection


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Chicago is home to 16,000 food establishments like restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, wholesalers, lunchrooms, mobile food vendors and more. Our business is food safety and sanitation with one goal, to prevent the spread of food-borne disease.  We do this by inspecting food businesses, responding to complaints and food recalls. CDPH also offers education to food service managers.

Most Recent News (Food Protection)

Aug 19, 2014 City of Chicago Issues First Emerging Business Permit to E.A.T. Spots
Apr 9, 2014 One Year After Launch, Foodborne Chicago Continues to Enhance Food Safety
Nov 20, 2012 Let's Talk Turkey and Keep it Safe
Oct 26, 2012 Chicago Department of Public Health Offers Families Six Tips to Curb the Candy on Halloween
May 1, 2012 The Relationship between Obesity and Sugar Sweetened Beverages, Testimony from Dr. Bechara Choucair

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Guide for New Food Establishments Preparing for Their Initial Health Inspection

Guía para La Inspección Inicial de Salud